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    Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds sidelined with oblique injury
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (9:26 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds was scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday, but was unable to do so while dealing with a sore right oblique, reports MLB.com.

    "I'm like, 'I'm in here again, I can't get out of this darn room,'" Reynolds said.

    Reynolds missed all of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he isn't having any issues with the elbow.

    "My elbow feels real good," he said. "It feels strong."


    Report: MLB split on whether Josh Hamilton should go to rehab
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:24 pm ET) Major League Baseball is split over whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should go to rehab, according to the Los Angeles Times

    The four person panel assigned to Hamilton's case are deadlocked, and the group will have to bring in an arbitrator in order to break the tie. The panel first must decide whether Hamilton violated any rules, and then must agree on a course of treatment. The panel has not been able to agree on the latter of those conditions, which is why an arbitrator is necessary. 

    If Hamilton is sent to rehab, he would receive his full salary for 30 days, and then half his salary over the next 30 days. If he's suspended, but does not have to attend rehab, Hamilton would not be paid during the suspension. 

    MLB is also trying to determine whether Hamilton should be charged as a fourth-time offender of the drug policy. If that's the case, Hamilton could be suspended for the entire season.

    Hamilton, 33, admitted to MLB that he experienced a relapse a few months ago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Hamilton has dealt with drug and alcohol issues throughout his career, and was suspended for three seasons after failing drug tests as a minor-leaguer. He met with officials in New York in February regarding the incident. 


    Mets' Curtis Granderson re-working his swing
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:06 pm ET) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is re-working his swing with hitting coach Kevin Long, according to the New York Post

    Granderson and Long have a history. The two worked together with the Yankees. Long rebuilt Granderson's swing, turning him into a massive home run hitter from 2011 to 2012. Now, they are looking to repeat the process.

    "This is actually very similar to the first time we started making adjustments," Granderson said. "The idea is we want to get to the strongest position as consistently as possible with as little movement as possible."

    Long went into detail, saying he's trying to get Granderson to "preset" his hands. "Get him in the perfect hitting position so the hands are ready to fire and he can go as efficiently as possible from point A to point B," Long said.

    Granderson said everything is "still a work in progress," but he feels like Long's drills are getting through to him.

    The 33-year-old Granderson hit .227/.326/.388 over 564 at-bats last season. 


    Nationals' Yunel Escobar ahead of schedule in position transition
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (9:02 pm ET) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was informed when he was traded from the Athletics he was switching from shortstop to second base for this season. Escobar has put in extra work to get himself ready for live action this spring at second, the position he's played since 2007, reports MLB.com.

    "He is a big man and has real light feet. He is very bouncy, live body," defensive coordinator and advance coach Mark Weidemaier said. "He has taken to the footwork well, as far as turning double plays. There are things we have to polish a little bit, but he is way ahead of the game for me. He has taken to it like a duck to water. It's very natural to him."

    Manager Matt Williams is planning to start Escobar at second Thursday.

    "He is going to play. He needs to play games and get game experience and get back in the flow of [being on] the other side of the diamond," Williams said. "He is ready to go, I know that."


    Athletics' Marcus Semien stays hot on Wednesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:54 pm ET) Athletics infielder Marcus Semien cannot be stopped this spring.

    After going 3 for 3 with two home runs on Tuesday, Semien again reached in all his plate appearances on Wednesday. He wasted no time getting to work, singling in two runs in the first inning. Semien would walk in his next appearance before driving in another run on a single in his final at-bat. 

    Semien, who has yet to make an out this spring, downplayed his success, saying "I'm just getting good pitches to hit right now." The 24-year-old hit .234/.300/.372 over 231 at-bats last season. 


    Rockies pitcher Brooks Brown set to make spring debut Thursday
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (8:54 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Brooks Brown is considered one of Colorado's top options this season. What has many people excited is the velocity Brown has on his fastball. But what he wants to work on the most this spring, and the pitch that kept hitters on their toes, is his changeup.

    "The more success I was having with it, the more aggressiveness I had with it," said Brown. "It was a pitch I'd always had, but by the All-Star break last year, I found I could throw it to right-handed and left-handed hitters. It became a put-away pitch."

    Rockies pitching coach Darren Holmes thinks his changeup should be considered as good as his fastball.

    "Brooks came up last year and did a great job," Rockies bullpen coach Darren Holmes said. "When you look at guys that don't throw as hard, for me, my good secondary pitch is a changeup. That's a complete equalizer, I don't care if you throw 85 or you throw 105."


    Yankees' Andrew Miller 'happy' with scoreless inning Wednesday
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (8:53 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Andrew Miller made his Grapefruit League debut wednesday, giving up one hit in a scoreless inning against the Phillies while striking out two.

    "I'm really happy with the way I was throwing the ball," Miller said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I'm not too concerned with things right now. It could have been absolutely horrendous and there's nothing to worry about. It's just going out there and getting it going. I felt my breaking ball was really good, so it's always nice to come back and realize it's still there after the offseason."

    Miller signed a four-year, $36-million deal with the Yankees this offseason after going 5-5 with a 2.02 ERA and 103:17 K:BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings.


    Rockies pitcher Jon Gray throws two scoreless innings Wednesday
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (8:48 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray was able to work two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. The prospect was able to get something to work off of as well: a strikeout on slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

    Gray burned a 97 mph fastball past the power hitter and felt great afterward.

    "I was saving that one for him," Gray said. "I knew I was going to need it. I was thinking 'grip and rip' on this one."

    Gray also got back to what he knew best in his outing.

    "I kind of went to the basics and focused on the target," Gray said. "At first, I was seeing the batter, the catcher, the plate, everything. But after that, I focused on the glove, got my deep breath in and threw."


    Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson tosses two scoreless innings
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:42 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Chase Anderson tossed two scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Rockies. 

    Anderson came into camp competing for a spot in the team's rotation, though manager Chip Hale recently said Anderson is probably set in his spot. If he has to prove himself, he got off on the right foot on Wednesday. Anderson tossed two scoreless frames, giving up two hits and a walk. He struck out two during the outing. 

    Anderson, 27, posted a 4.01 ERA over 114 1/3 innings last year.


    Rays sign Jim Miller to minor-league deal
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:26 pm ET) The Rays have signed pitcher Jim Miller to a minor-league deal, according to SBNation.

    Miller will report to major-league spring training as part of the contract. The 32-year-old tossed just 2 2/3 innings in the majors last season. 


     
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